Category Archives: Morals
The First Vatican Council pronounced that the pope, in or out of council, would be protected by God with the gift of infallibility whenever he should define a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. Matters of Faith can only involve religious propositions and the matter of those propositions are true or false judgments. A moral definition would involve a proposition that is right or wrong, rather than true or false. The difference between the two involves the end being sought. A doctrinal pronouncement defines a religious truth, which is the object of the intellect. A moral pronouncement defines a good, which is the object of the will. One could say that Faith engages intellectual belief, morals engage voluntary action.
A moral act is a human act performed with knowledge and free will. Every consciously deliberate action is a moral act, and each one is either morally good or morally evil. If it leads us to our final end, eternal salvation, it is a morally good act. If it takes us away from salvation, it is a morally evil act, a sin. Morals, therefore, pertain to human conduct.
Articles in this section treat of a wide variety of issues that, immediately, proximately, or remotely, deal with the morality of human acts, whether individually or as a society.
CNA: With the Supreme Court set to rule on a potentially far-reaching marriage case this summer, several hundred corporations are pushing for the court to require “gay marriage” recognition nationwide. Reuters reported last week that almost 400 businesses had filed a “friend of the court” brief favoring a redefinition of marriage in a set of cases before the Court that will decide whether states, under the … More →
Rebecca Taylor, Catholic Lane: I will be honest. I am tired. I am angry. I am frustrated. This is likely an uncharacteristically emotional post because, after nearly a decade of writing about biotechnology, I am uncharacteristically horrified. The UK has officially approved the creation of embryos with three genetic parents, and babies created with this technique are likely to be born within the next year. … More →
I remember my father going around the neighborhood on his feet asking store owners to at least get pornographic material out of view and, better yet, not to sell it at all. If they agreed to the latter they could post a Legion of Decency certificate in their window. This was a crusade sponsored by our local parish. I think the men who volunteered back then in … More →
Open Letter to Justice Kennedy: June is nigh, and with it will come your ruling on the most contentious political issue of our time: marriage. I write because I am one of many children with gay parents who believe we should protect marriage. I believe you were right when, during the Proposition 8 deliberations, you said “the voice of those children [of same-sex parents] is … More →
Four years ago I posted a column on our website about Lou Tseng-tsiang, a Prime Minister in the Chinese Republic in the early 1900s. While serving in his post Lou Tseng, who had been Protestant, converted to the Catholic Faith, under the influence of his devout Belgian wife. You can read about him here. After her death, Lou entered a Benedictine monastery in Belgium, was ordained, and later … More →
Bishop Lynch special to Tampa Bay Times: “Therefore, I do not wish to lend our voice to notions which might suggest that same-sex couples are a threat incapable of sharing relationships marked by love and holiness and, thus, incapable of contributing to the edification of both the church and the wider society.” More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Steve Skojec, 1 Peter 5: 15 years ago last August, as I walked the streets of Vienna with my college classmates, we stopped briefly before a plain, unassuming church with an exterior the color of freshly dug clay. In a city (and continent) full of stunning architecture, this was a spot more likely than not to escape our notice entirely. But our guide — a professor from … More →
What follows is an exact reposting of “Analysis of grave flaws in family synod final report: Urgent prayer and action needed” from the Voice of the Family site. Earlier this month the Synod Secretariat published the lineamenta of the Ordinary Synod on the Family to be held in October 2015. This lineamenta consists of (1) the final report (relatio synodi) of the Extraordinary Synod held … More →
TFP: Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota – a Catholic institution founded in 1885 – are currently being offered “volunteer/internship opportunities” with mega-abortion provider Planned Parenthood, according to the university’s web site. Other pro-abortion advocacy groups featured by the university as “volunteer/internship opportunities,” include NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, Pro-Choice Resources, Family Tree Clinic, and the National Organization for Women-Minnesota (NOW). More on this … More →
Phil Lawler has what may be considered by some traditional-minded Catholics a “controversial” article on Catholic Culture website on this current issue of the CIA’s use of torture to get information from terrorists or suspected terrorists. Prescinding from the issue of capital punishment, which the Church has never objected to for certain crimes, when it comes to torture, Lawler, in my view, is right. Catholic … More →
BBCNews: Russian students currently don’t receive any sex education in schools, and Pavel Astakhov says introducing such classes would go against the country’s morals and traditions. “I am often asked: when will you have sex education? I say never,” he said during a meeting with parents,according to the Interfax news agency. Mr Astakhov said his counterparts in Europe see him as an “ideological enemy” for his … More →
In his most important book, The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, an architect of the false philosophy of liberalism and thus a kind of godfather of the Revolution that has been unfolding since the philosophy first found political expression in France in 1789, declared that “whoever dares to say outside the Church is no salvation should be driven from the State.” That no nationally-visible Churchmen risk … More →
National Catholic Register: In the latest in a series of attempts by German bishops to align Church teaching with secular values, a sub-committee of the German episcopal conference is planning to amend Church labor law to allow Church employees who are homosexual or divorced and civilly remarried to work in ecclesiastical institutions. Until now, those employed in the German Church – the second largest employer in the … More →
The last entry will greatly inspire you. Matthew Archbold, National Catholic Register: Eugenics traces its roots back to the late 19th century when Charles Darwin’s cousin Sir Francis Galton coined the term. The theory is that human characteristics and afflictions could be bred out of the human race. It was all the rage in the early 20th century until Adolf Hitler came along and ruined all the … More →
Before commenting on the substance of the Final Report, it is important to note that, soon after the release of the English translation of the Final Report which was officially written in Italian (not in Latin), suspicion arose as to the reliability and idiomatic accuracy of the translation. Indeed, as it seems, half sentences have been omitted altogether, and in different places. Therefore, all the … More →